BMW Team MTEK has been a constant presence in various motorsport events over the last few years but it seems like that partnership has come to an end. According to Autosport, Team MTEK wants back in the World Endurance Championship and since BMW recently announced its retirement from the series, the two companies will follow different paths from 2020 on.
Team MTEK ran BMW M3 and M4 models in the DTM between 2013 and 2015 and did so quite successfully. The guys were also behind the BMW efforts in the World Endurance Championship with the BMW M8 GTE in the 2018-2019 campaign. However, team boss Ernest Knoors said they will no longer work with BMW from here on out.”We have completed our contract with BMW and are now looking for other opportunities,” Knoors told Autosport.
“Our preferred option is to stay in the WEC, and there are several opportunities across all the classes, but it is a bit too early to comment. We may know a bit more at the end of the year,” he added. For now, the team’s former base close to the BMW M headquarters in Munich has been closer and following this fallout, it’s quite possible that they won’t be racing under the MTEK name in the future.
Speaking about parting ways with Team MTEK, BMW Motorsport boss, Jens Marquardt confirmed the news saying “we had some discussions about what we could do, we couldn’t agree, and the relationship ended.” So, it seems like next year we’ll have a different group of teams in the BMW roster.
For now, the DTM program for BMW is not affected and since the Bavarians are not interested in the WEC anymore, there won’t be any drastic changes to the Motorsport schedule. It will be interesting to see where Team MTEK goes from here on out though, who they will join forces with and under what name.